No one expects to enter a hospital or care facility and get sicker. Unfortunately, many older adults develop complications like pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, during longer stays in the hospital or nursing home. For many years, these pressure ulcers were viewed as an inevitable part of long-term bed rest. Now, doctors, nurses...
California, and Los Angeles in particular, has a serious problem with the treatment of its elderly population. A new agreement between Los Angeles County and the state hopes to address the deficiencies in the county’s nursing homes, which should help protect its vulnerable population of older adults. L.A.’s History of Mistreatment & Abuse Los Angeles...
When a loved one dies unexpectedly while in the care of a nursing home or other similar facility, the family often wonders if the death was the result of abuse or neglect. Since family members can’t supervise their loved one’s care 24 hours a day, they may be unsure if they are able to file...
Are you worried that your elderly family member might be the victim of elder abuse? Sadly, it is far more common in Los Angeles than many people think.  In the United States, the 2010 Census recorded the greatest number and proportion of people age 65 and older in all census history: 40.3 million, or 13%...
As we have shared on numerous occasions, elder abuse is a serious problem that affects many of Los Angeles’ senior citizens. A common, yet often undetected symptom of elder abuse or nursing home abuse can take the form of a bedsore. Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, are skin lesions caused by...
We have some good news for California nursing home residents and the loved ones who are concerned for their well-being: California nursing homes have cut down significantly on the use of anti-psychotic drugs. Anti-psychotic medications, when used on residents with dementia or schizophrenia, can be helpful. However, when the medications are misused or abused, that’s...
Nursing home abuse is a problem in Los Angeles and throughout the state. In fact, an unsettling report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that several nursing homes were found to have serious violations of safety and health issues for patients. Recent data collected by the National Center on...
When you are considering placing your elderly loved one in a nursing home, there are many factors to consider. Of course, one of the biggest factors is cost. Los Angeles nursing homes can be expensive, especially if specialized care is involved. However, something else to consider is safety. As people age, they become less stable...
Elder abuse is a serious reality in many Los Angeles nursing homes and for elderly citizens living by themselves.  While finding a nursing home that properly cares for your senior citizen is possible, sometimes you might be fooled. What appears to be a loving, caring place for your family member or loved one could actually...
A new report by the Government Accountability Office has found a spike in the number of elder abuse cases reported from California and around the country.  The Government Accountability Office report also expresses concern over the fact that adult protective services funding around the country has stayed stagnant. Jerry Brown, the director of education, workforce...
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